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Director:
Writers:
Anthony Bodden (story) &
Nas (story) ...
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Release Date:
4 November 1998 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Money, power, respect... but who's got your back?
Plot:
A pair of vicious black gangsters have spiritual awakenings. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
A noir musical for the new millennium. See more (127 total) »

Cast

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DMX ... Tommy 'Buns' Bundy

Nas ... Sincere

Hassan Johnson ... Mark

Taral Hicks ... Kisha

Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins ... Tionne
Oliver 'Power' Grant ... Knowledge (as Power)
Louie Rankin ... Lennox
Stan Drayton ... Wise (as Stanley Drayton)
James Parris ... LaKid

Method Man ... Shameek

Kurt Loder ... Himself
Ben Chavis ... Rev. Saviour (as Minister Benjamin F. Muhammed)

Tyrin Turner ... Big
Jay Black ... Black
John 'B.J.' Bryant ... Thug #1
Prince 'Blunt' Graham ... Thug #2
Wondosas 'Kilo' Martin ... Thug #3
Shaun Morrison ... Housekeeper

Frank Vincent ... Roger
Eric Keith McNeil ... Shorty
Xavier Simmons ... Young Tommy
LaVita Raynor ... Kionna
Monica Michaels ... Club Manager

Jen Gatien ... Girl in Office (as Jennifer 'Nen' Gatien)
Az ... Born (as Anthony 'Az' Cruz)
David Edwards ... Federal Agent
Jeffrey H. Kaufman ... Federal Agent (as Jeffrey Kaufman)
Brant Spencer ... Federal Agent
Adam Vignola ... Federal Agent (as Adam C. Vignola)
Micaal Stevens ... Killer
Michael Woodhouse ... Older Barber
Tyrone Lewis ... Younger Barber
Carmen Yannuzzi Jr. ... Guard
Crystal N. Johnson ... Knowledge's Cop Girlfriend
James Gresham ... Speaker
Michael Manning ... Teacher

Tony Devon ... FBI Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Akim Black ... Church Member (uncredited)

Paul Borghese ... Officer who arrests Tommy 'Buns' (uncredited)

Joe Crosson ... Church member (uncredited)

Brother Eden Douglas ... Night Assassin (uncredited)

Dufflyn Lammers ... Poet / Wrath (uncredited)

Steve Nuke ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Sean Paul ... Himself (uncredited)
Ronald 'Too Small' Small ... Bodyguard (uncredited)

Nick Stellate ... Cop (uncredited)

Directed by
Hype Williams 
 
Writing credits
Anthony Bodden (story) &
Nas (story) &
Hype Williams (story)

Hype Williams (written by)

Produced by
James Bigwood .... executive producer
Rj Harper .... producer liaison
Larry Meistrich .... producer
Edwin J. Nunez .... producer
Ron Rotholz .... producer
Robert Salerno .... producer
Hype Williams .... producer
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Stephen Cullo 
 
Cinematography by
Malik Hassan Sayeed (director of photography) (as Malik Sayeed)
 
Film Editing by
David Leonard 
 
Casting by
Winsome Sinclair 
 
Production Design by
Regan Jackson 
 
Art Direction by
Jennifer Chang Binns  (as Jennifer Chang)
Nicholas Lundy 
 
Set Decoration by
Raquel Anita Parke 
Carol Silverman 
 
Costume Design by
June Ambrose 
 
Makeup Department
Mary Aaron .... makeup artist
Jane Choi .... additional assistant makeup artist
Sharyn Cordice .... makeup department head
Michele Paris .... key makeup artist (as Michele Paris-Catanzarite)
 
Production Management
Bill Block .... executive in charge of production
Kwesi Dickson .... unit production manager: Jamaica
Richard Ford Jr. .... production supervisor
Eitan Hakami .... post-production supervisor
Dana Reid .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angelique Bones .... second second assistant director
Sarah Gyllenstierna .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Scott Canfield .... set dresser
Karen Cusick .... art department coordinator
Anthony Dimeo .... property master
Rodrigo Guerrero .... art department intern
Greg Izzo .... special props
Clarissa Shanahan .... painter
Little X. .... visual consultant (as Julien Christian Lutz)
 
Sound Department
David Acord .... boom operator
Steve Borne .... sound designer (as Steve 'Iceman' Borne)
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... sound effects editor
Tod A. Maitland .... sound mixer
Reggie McGuire .... sound effects editor
Jay Meagher .... sound mixer
Branka Mrkic .... adr editor
Angela Organ .... assistant adr editor
Michael Scott .... boom operator
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recordist
Clive Taylor .... sound editor: TV version
 
Visual Effects by
Andy Barrios .... Inferno artist: main title, Rainmaker Digital
Eric Person .... digital effects
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical process and effects compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... optical element Hazeltine colorist: THDX (uncredited)
Will McCoy .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Brother Eden Douglas .... stunt performer (as Brother Douglas)
Peter Epstein .... stunts
Joanne Lamstein .... stunts
Julius LeFlore .... stunt coordinator
Marcus Salgado .... stunts
Mitchell Green .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Terrence Laron Burke .... grip
Brian Carmichael .... video operator
Teofilo Colon Jr. .... assistant to cinematographer
Lamont Crawford .... key dolly grip
Ray Edwards .... second assistant camera: Jamaica
Christian Epps .... gaffer
James McMillan .... key grip
Leigh Rathner .... second assistant camera
Rick Robinson .... camera operator
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator
Lowell Schulman .... key construction electric
 
Casting Department
Mel City .... casting associate
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
With Lacroix .... casting assistant
Theron Smith .... casting associate
 
Editorial Department
Laura Congleton .... assistant editor
Keith Croket .... associate editor
Bryan Ellenburg .... executive in charge of post-production
Jim Passon .... color timer
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
 
Music Department
Barry Cole .... music consultant
Stuart Levy .... music editor
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
 
Transportation Department
Mike Easter .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Steve Beeson .... production accountant
Anthony Bodden .... assistant to director
Anthony Bodden .... consultant: grassroots
Cassandra Butcher .... publicity consultant
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
Sam Connelly .... production assistant
Guy Efrat .... location scout
Andrea Greer .... script supervisor
P.J. Haines .... chef
Charlynne J. Hopson .... assistant location manager
Celeste Jackson .... assistant coordinator (as Celeste Peterka)
James D. Lee .... assistant location manager
Rosemary Lombard .... production coordinator
Maeve Mannion .... production accountant: Jamaica
Keegan Martin .... production assistant
Tim Masick .... film-to-tape transfer
Ademola McMullen .... key production assistant
Len Murach .... location manager
Gayatri Persad .... production coordinator: Jamaica
Shieed Pittman .... location production assistant
Joaquin Diego Prange .... location assistant
Cesar Quinones .... location scout
Abdur Rahman .... directorial assistant
Gingi Rochelle .... equipment coordinator
Dana Terra .... equipment coordinator: Jamaica
Mimi Turner .... location scout
Rick Washburn .... weapons coordinator
Ryder Washburn .... assistant weapons coordinator
Ithiell Yisrael .... production assistant
 

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Rated R for strong violence, language, sexuality and drug use
Runtime:
96 min
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Trivia:
Shameek escapes a shootout with the police by getting in a car. The driver is his fellow Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah.See more »
Quotes:
Shameek:Knowledge Born, What's the science baby?See more »
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References The Godfather (1972)See more »
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28 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A noir musical for the new millennium., 10 October 2001
Author: GoatPoda from Syracuse, NY

I expected "Belly" to be a self-indulgent, expanded version of the gangster rap videos that gave Hype Williams the power in Hollywood to make a feature film. I was right, but what I didn't expect was for it to be so good. I was mesmerized by "Belly" from the opening sequence of choreographed violence and music. Critics of this film should look to its film roots - film noir - movies that grow from the underground crimeworlds in America, that pleasure us with their money schemes, guns, and drug use. "Belly" has this, and more style than I have seen in any movie in recent years. It has dazzling visuals, and a respectable plot that borrows from "Scarface" among others. The acting is respectable, and I didn't see the movie as a piece of media to exploit the careers of its stars, I found it to be a good piece of cinema that legitimizes Nas, DMX, Method Man, Taral Hicks, and Tionne Watkins as actors. The music is great, notably the D'Angelo's "Devil's Pie" that shows crime being played out. The cinematography is stylized and beautiful. The dancing in Jamaica, the shootout in the strip club in Omaha, the opening sequence, the climax with the reverend where the issues that the film may be exploiting are addressed and in my eyes therefore considerate. Its a shame this film was so overlooked by critics. I think within it lies the future of both the gangster movie and the musical.

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